Health: Perils of Pregnancy

Cautionary news for women who have been trying more than a year to conceive

There may be nothing more heartbreaking than trying to have a baby and failing--except perhaps finally succeeding and then discovering that there's something wrong with your child. That's why so many infertile couples were upset last year by a study showing that babies born through in-vitro fertilization had an 8.6% chance of having major birth defects--twice the expected risk.

Now a new study suggests that women who take more than a year to conceive, even those who end up having babies the old-fashioned way, have a greater than normal risk of giving birth prematurely, having a baby with low birth weight...

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